Oct 7, 2012 10:00am EDT
mitt romney. this week on news americas with he are joined by democrat in new york and the efforts to retake the thousands november, congress man, thank you very much for being here. >> guest: great to be with you.yq >> host: we got to reporters here in d.c. in the studio. aaron bleak, a political reporter there, henry jackson, ap political reporter. i think you got the first question. gl ahead. g congressman the race for the house has tack and backseat for both the presidency and the senate. most analyst don't think democrats have a great chance of retaking the house. but i have heard more statements from you. can you tell us what percentage chance you think your party has of taking the 25 seats you need in order to reclaim the chamber? >> well, i can tell that you we have the ball on the republican 20-yard line. i never said that optimism wins an election. it doesn't. you got to be realistic to n election. we started off on the own 20-yard line. we have driven the billion and the red zone we need 25 seats now how do we get there. we have got about 73 districts in play right now.
Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm EDT
governor romney had a strong performance. how do you think that president obama's performance will turn out for democrats? >> i don't think it will, actually. most people don't remember that come in the first debate, walter mondale just crushed ronald reagan. they remember the last debate. most people have not remembered that, throughout the republican presidential primary debate, mitt romney was considered to have lost most of them. every week, there is another star with romney in the debate. -- ipeople don't realize have great confidence that the presence will continue his momentum. >> my condolences on the mets this year, congressman. [laughter] >> thank you. >> we had a big never come out to do with the jobs report. there is some sense that that may be booing democrats today. do you think that will be a factor in competitive districts? >> we are talking on this friday afternoon when the jobs numbers have come out. our viewers will be watching on sunday. go ahead, congressman. >> we still have work to do. the fact that unemployment is now under 8% says that we are heading in the
Oct 28, 2012 10:00am EDT
debate on foreign policy between president obama and mitt romney today at 12:10 eastern here on c-span. >> this is the downsizing of the charts. you are watching it live. one of 10,000 homes they are trying to get done in the next four years. these are houses that are never coming back. >> one-family every 20 minutes moving out. >> moving out of detroit. >> these houses are disappearing from the landscape. >> just recently, 164 firefighters were laid off as part of the downsizing, effort for mayor bing to get fire -- to get finances under control. detroit must have the highest cases of arson in the country. they were rehired. the money came from the department of homeland security. i cannot want to overstate. that is something you want to think about. the department of homeland security needed to step in to keep detroit as safe as it could be. it could be a lot safer. i have wondered making this film, the auto industry bailout. we have seen the bank bailouts. are we heading into an era of bailout the city. is there such thing of killing out the city? >> tonight at 8:00 p.m. on "q & a."
Oct 14, 2012 6:00pm EDT
debate, mitt romney went hard and substance. last night at the vice-presidential debate we saw paul ryan take a position on abortion that is more moderate than the one he had prior to becoming the vp pick. are you worried that this is the sign that the real mitt romney is moderate? what would you do if he embraced a simpson-bowles type plan? >> i do not necessarily think they moved from standard conservative positions. both governor romney and congressman ryan talked about the need to not raise taxes. they talked about the need to keep our defenses strong. they both talked about reducing spending. we're heading for a debt crisis. they both talked about the pro-life, recognizing the sanctity of human life and the family institution. on the four key principles that define the republican party, the defense, lower taxes, traditional values, and these guys are rock solid. americans understand this is what makes our country great. that is what the party of ronald reagan is all about. i do not think there deviating. >> mitt romney told the iowa editorial board that he does not foresee abor
Oct 21, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. and folks like mitt romney cannot touch not. everything else is on the table. once the rates return, we should have a conversation about tax reform. the other thing we should look at, and i am speaking personally is -- pacs. i do not think anyone thinks we should permanently extend the payroll tax cut. but given the situation we are and i do not think that should be taken off of the table. >> we are talking about payroll tax holidays at the end of the year that expire. if you look at the reports -- they say that is a much bigger impact on the economy than allowing the top rates to go up. as much more important because it means more money in the pockets of working americans to go out and spend that money rather than just sticking it in the state deposit box. i think that, again, i think that has got to be part of the mix. >> critics say that is taking money out of social security. they came out again and said that. they do think it should be off the table. you think based on the economy it is not time to take that money out. >> it needs to be part of the equation. the actuary for soc
Oct 28, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >> let's turn to the current campaign. susan? >> so you've been out stumping for mitt romney. can you talk a little bit about how that's going. i know you've been in ohio, ohio, a state that's pivotal for the upcoming election, and many people talk about it as the state that may deicide the election. it looks -- some people say obama kind of has the lead there, the job picture is it improving there, which helps him out. how do you think things are going there for governor romney and do you really think it's possible that he could actually win ohio? >> yeah. i made two trips to ohio and i'll go back in a few days to ohio again. i've been up in new hampshire. in 2010, there was an incredible shift in the country from 2008 to 2010. this tea party wave, but also this wave of taking over state house, state senate, state legislatures, new hampshire, there was a huge wave. they've got almost -- i think they've got two-thirds of the senate and nearly two 3rd of the house are republican now. you have that same wave in ohio. rob portman wins by 18 points. kay sick wins by a couple of points, bu